It was weeks in the planning, figuring out the logistics of a graduation ceremony amid the Coronavirus Pandemic. Many schools opted for an online graduation, but in the end, the Marco Island Academy seniors of 2020 had a wonderful graduation ceremony Friday night at Veterans Park, while practicing social distancing.
“It was extremely important to me that the Class of 2020 have the opportunity to come together one last time,” remarked Principal Melissa Scott. “In times like these, it is vital that our youth realize that there is always a better tomorrow. The Class of 2020 will be the ones to lead us into it.”
The staff of MIA worked diligently to ensure a ceremony that appeared to go off without a hitch. Parents, grandparents and students formed a semi-circle with their vehicles as 10 students at a time were called to the podium to receive their diplomas.
Special honors went to Sarahi Lopez, who is the valedictorian. Dominic Moller was presented with the Faculty Award. Lauren Faremouth was given the Principal’s Award.
Beautiful weather greeted each graduate as they made their way to the podium to receive their diploma. Principal Scott was proud of all of the 45 graduates. “This class is a collection of wonderful young women and men who have shown amazing resilience and strength during these unprecedented times. I am a better person for knowing them and learning from the lessons they have taught me.”
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Class of 2020 did what graduates have done for decades.
“My favorite moment was the turning of the tassels,” Scott said. “It was beautiful to see the class stand together and celebrate this pivotal milestone in their lives. I am so very thankful to all that helped make our ceremony possible: my leadership team, my faculty, our Board of Directors, the City of Marco and the Marco Island Police Department.”